The Peanuts gang was a requirement for the holidays when I was growing… MoreThe Peanuts gang was a requirement for the holidays when I was growing up. Each one was better than the last. The Peanuts Movie was a nice continuation of the old cartoons.
It had an entertaining story and was pretty funny. There were plenty of different stories to keep the movie going. All the characters were brought back. It only made me laugh out loud a couple of times, but I giggled and smiled through most of it. The voices were excellent. I'm sure they worked hard to get them like that. I didn't like the animation. It looked like they stopped working on it too soon.
The Peanuts Movie is worth watching down the road or buying for children so they can watch it repeatedly. Kids in the theater were laughing. I giggled. Parents will probably end up buying it.
Well this installment of James Bond was different. Spectre was… MoreWell this installment of James Bond was different. Spectre was entertaining, but veered from the normally strong story of the previous installments. Spectre was more of a summer movie.
Daniel Craig does a great job as 007 again and is surrounded by a strong cast. It looks like Dave Bautista has become the next Jaws, and I hope I'm right. He'd be fun to see again. Lea Seydoux pulls her weight as Bond's love interest. Christoph Waltz is OK, but him being the bad guy all the time gets old.
Spectre starts out quickly with a Mexico scene that is intense and fast paced. The writers are able to keep the story moving along after that, and it's funny, but that "something" the other movies have is missing here. Why it had to be two and a half hours long, I'll never know. They make sure to cover all the classic Bond requirements: "shaken not stirred," "Bond, James Bond."
If you want one more summer movie to watch before the awards season and then the winter dumping grounds, Spectre is a good choice. It's worth watching at some point either way.
I'm going to use a word I try not to use in reviews: stupid. Blackhat… MoreI'm going to use a word I try not to use in reviews: stupid. Blackhat is stupid. I could spend a lot of time saying why (over dramatization of nothing, boring, horrible acting, lame writing, lack of suspense, thrills or climax) but I'm going to keep this brief. There is absolutely no reason to put yourself through Blackhat.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocolypse is funny and entertaining.… MoreScouts Guide to the Zombie Apocolypse is funny and entertaining. Scouts Guide isn't as creative as it could have been, but it puts a new twist on the genre. I used to love the B-movies of the '80's, and this one took me back to those movies.
Scouts Guide isn't as scary as it could or even should have been. The actors are cheesy. Whether that part is intentional, I don't know, but it helps the movie work as a whole. The faces are familiar and when I look them up on IMDb they all have experience, so I'm guessing they were going for the end result.
It started a bit weak but picked up. The character intro was tacky and had me not expecting too much, but once this thing took off, it was a blast.
Scouts Guide is an entertaining movie and a must see for old B-movie fans. It'll make for a fun night on a movie channel down the road.
Our Brand is Crisis is a decent movie made entertaining by Sandra… MoreOur Brand is Crisis is a decent movie made entertaining by Sandra Bullock. It's a fictionalization of what happened in a South American election a few years ago. Most people don't understand much, if anything, about the world banks and how they destroy countries. Instead of delving farther into it, they give us the basic information and move ahead with the story.
Even though it's not as sharp as Argo, I was able to tell the similarity in style. Sandra Bullock is her normal charismatic self and is surrounded by a capable cast. It's funny and keeps moving along.
The story is a sort of weak in the direction it chooses to take by focusing more on the candidate than what the effect of the world bank's effect on the country. It keeps the movie from having any real punch. That it took more of a comedic angle is actually something that saved Our Brand is Crisis. If you're not going to commit to the seriousness of the situation, you may as well make it funny.
I wouldn't say that people need to go out of their way to see Our Brand is Crisis, but I do think it's definitely worth watching down the road as a rental.
Why Horror? is a decent documentary being shown on Showtime that… MoreWhy Horror? is a decent documentary being shown on Showtime that covers some good ground. For a horror fan, I learned a couple things. As someone flipping around to be entertained, I was just that. The director is a nerdy fan who asks a few questions that get answered by some popular names including the great George Romero, Eli Roth (although after his Green Inferno film, I feel the need to put his title in quotation marks when I call him a "director") and others.
The narrator and star travels around places like Japan, London, and his brain, investigating people's reactions to horror and why they react the way they do. He also covers things like women in horror and video games.
If you enjoy good documentaries and horror films,, take a look. This is an entertaining movie that is well put together and was able to keep my interest through the whole thing.
I'm going to explain Green Inferno and leave it at that. Imagine a… MoreI'm going to explain Green Inferno and leave it at that. Imagine a kitten playing with a ball of yarn... shaped like a severed head. Spray around some fake blood, put people in the background yelling and screaming like something horrible is happening. Now add some "what you're watching is scary" music. There is nothing of value to this piece of garbage. It's like Eli Roth walked down a street and asked people if they've ever thought about acting and put the ones who said "no" in his film.
Bridge of Spies is an amazing movie that will be brought up during the… MoreBridge of Spies is an amazing movie that will be brought up during the awards season. Yes, Tom Hanks does an amazing job, but Mark Rylance (who played the accused Russian spy Rudolph Abel) owned every scene he was in.
Bridge of Spies shoots straight into Spielberg's collection of great films. I wouldn't say it's his best (if you don't know Spielberg's directorial library, I don't know what to tell you), but if almost any other director did this, it would immediately become their greatest film ever. The script, casting, cinematography, and acting were all top-notch.
Tom Hanks brings his character, James Donovan, to life. If the supporting cast, especially Mark Rylance, weren't up to par, Hanks may have stood out more, but everyone involved was fantastic.
The only things for me was that there was a lot going on and as the story jumped from one idea to the next, and it took a few seconds to process and fit these scenes into the story. There were also a couple of times where it seemed to get a little long, but the scenes were all necessary to get ideas across and make the ending work the way it did.
For fans of great film making, Bridge of Spies is a must see.
Put Guillermo del Toro's name on a movie and I'm going to watch it.… MorePut Guillermo del Toro's name on a movie and I'm going to watch it. Crimson Peak turned out to be an alright film. The actors were all great, but they didn't have a lot to work with in the story.
The cinematography and sets were amazing. Whether it's a comic book movie or horror, each of del Toro's movies look incredible. Crimson Peak gave me a few scares and had moments of suspense. The story set a tone and told me everything I needed to know early on and didn't add anything more once it got going. As much as I think del Toro can make suspenseful films, Crimson Peak was a bit weak.
Crimson Peak is worth a watch on a movie channel, but it's not as extraordinary as I've come to expect from this director.
This is one of those movies that pleasantly surprised me. From the… MoreThis is one of those movies that pleasantly surprised me. From the reviews, I thought I'd be at the very least entertained, but I laughed through most of Goosbumps. I have no clue about the books or what they're about, but that had little consequence. The young cast lead by Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush recited their lines to perfection. Jack Black was alright but wasn't as significant as I thought he was going to be.
Goosebumps had a simple enough story with little twists that nobody won't see coming. That doesn't make the movie any less fun. The monsters aren't too threatening and I'd imagine they won't be overly scary for preteens even. If that was intentional, which I guess it was, the FX group did a great job with it.
Goosebumps is a fun movie to see during the Halloween season. There won't be anything missed by watching it on TV, but it's a great time where ever you watch it.